Dogged by faulty assumptions and lacking political will, the federal government squandered billions of dollars and an opportunity to dispose of the nation’s most dangerous nuclear material by chasing a massive construction project in South Carolina that was doomed from the start.
The Santee Delta is one of South Carolina's most beautiful, isolated and historically important places. Yet it faces new threats amid rising seas and rain bombs. Political intrigue and power lines could change this place forever. Our Secret Delta takes a deep dive into this special place, exploring its history and characters, as well as things to see and do.
Charleston-area attorneys launch an unprecedented legal battle on behalf of 3,965 people who were injured or lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
South Carolina could be stuck with a massive stockpile of the nation’s most dangerous nuclear material for decades, despite a federal mandate and years of promises that the state wouldn’t become America’s plutonium dumping ground.
Federal and state agents swooped into the small town of Chester on Monday and carted away evidence from the Chester County Sheriff's Office, a surprise raid that suggests yet another South Carolina sheriff is under scrutiny.
South Carolina sheriffs dipped into public money to pay for luxury accommodations and broke laws they swore to uphold, a Post and Courier investigation found.
Bob DeVey will die of terminal cancer. He has chosen not to undergo radical surgery that might buy him a few extra months at the cost of his quality of life. Now he wants to make one final medical decision.
The federal government's failure to study risks of oil spills in the powerful Gulf Stream is "stunning" and "beyond foolish" given the stakes and current’s force, drilling opponents said this week.
Valuable heirs’ property — land that is passed down informally for generations — is slipping away from black families in South Carolina's Lowcountry amid development pressures and legal battles.
The project, Minimally Adequate, is the result of an eight-month investigation into South Carolina's troubled education system, which ranks among the nation's worst.
Arrgh! The true and false stories of Anne Bonny, pirate woman of the Caribbean. Spoiler alert: They probably didn’t say "Arrgh"
South Carolina’s failing public education is not a coincidence, but a result of a flawed system that lawmakers have neglected for decades.
The founder of one of the nation's most expansive ex-gay groups, Hope for Wholeness, expressed doubts Thursday evening about the practices it offers, saying he’s not sure it’s the best choice for most people.
When Tom Rossby travels to Europe and mentions he’s an oceanographer, people inevitably ask: Is the Gulf Stream slowing down?
Oil spills in the Gulf Stream off South Carolina could form fast-moving slicks for hundreds of miles, making cleanup nearly impossible, a Post and Courier analysis shows.
To tell this undercovered story, The Post and Courier weaves history and science into a story that captures the majesty of the Gulf Stream and the stakes as the climate warms.
A secretive South Carolina police force jailed dozens of Hispanic landscapers, maids and restaurant workers in recent years after lawmakers promised it would target violent gangs, drug kingpins and human traffickers.
South Carolina's system for monitoring funeral homes and crematoriums, is rife with delays, secrecy and potential conflicts that allow unscrupulous undertakers to continue operating for years after problems are discovered.
A South Carolina law, passed by the General Assembly in 1962, sets no minimum age for marriage — as long as the bride is pregnant.
Advocates and journalists have paid critical attention to children in foster care. But once those children become adults and age out, they go largely forgotten, often cast into the world with little more than traumatic memories and mistrust to guide them.
A tire recycling company rolled into South Carolina with big ideas, but wound up creating mountains of waste that the state could end up paying millions to clean up.
George Stinney Jr was accused of bludgeoning two white girls to death and convicted by an all-white jury in a matter of minutes. Now, more than 70 years later, new evidence suggests someone else may have committed the murders.
Shortly before a judge threw out George Stinney Jr.'s murder conviction, several men gathered along a four-lane highway that cuts through Alcolu. Their mission: Install a memorial to George in the form of a tombstone planted in a black man's front yard.
Attorney Matt Burgess clutched the judge’s order in his hand, a phone pressed to his ear, as he waited for Amie Ruffner to pick up the call some 600 miles away.
Attorneys fighting to overturn George Stinney Jr.’s 70-year-old murder conviction knew that time and legal precedent worked against them in what seemed like a hopelessly cold case.
At 7:30 a.m. on June 16, 1944, inmate No. 260, dressed in a loose-fitting striped jumpsuit, was escorted to the little brick death house at the state penitentiary in Columbia, a Bible tucked under his arm.
A chance encounter in 1944 brings 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. into brief contact with two white girls. It seems so innocuous. Yet, an enduring mystery is born in the moments the girls walk away.
Taxpayers lost a pile of money on the problem-plagued redevelopment of the former Charleston Naval Hospital, but the developers, their lenders and lawyers walked away with millions.
This is the $33 million fixer-upper Charleston County bought to settle a lawsuit over its decision to pull out of a redevelopment plan in North Charleston.
Over the past decade, state legislatures across the country rewrote rule books for how power companies pay for new power plants, shifting financial risks away from electric companies to you and everyone else.
Jillian and Steve Williams were desperate for good news when they sat down in a small room full of medical specialists to talk about their baby girl.
One morning in July, children as young as 5 arrived at summer camp and found their path blocked by a string of yellow tape and police cruisers.
The phone call interrupted her as she removed her son’s laundry from a dryer. Just five weeks had passed since a probation violation had landed him at a remote wilderness camp for small-time juvenile offenders. His original crime: stealing candy from a Kmart.
Roger Roberts had close to $7,500 in his pockets when a Richland County sheriff’s deputy pulled him over along a Columbia road in August 2012.
The United States won the Cold War in the Savannah River valley of South Carolina, the isolated deserts of New Mexico and along the Columbia River in Washington state. Those are among the dozen places scattered across the continent where America created and built its nuclear arsenal. Today, the nation continues to cope with that legacy.
Several years ago, researchers calculated how many people were affected by the global shortage of surgeons, and the numbers were stunning: 17 million people a year die. How did health leaders miss this story for so long?
Foreign doctors are a vital part of the healthcare system in the United States. But at what cost?
J. Marion Sims — the so-called "father of gynecology" — is perhaps South Carolina's most infamous physician. Statues, buildings and monuments can be found in his name from Columbia to New York City. But should he be so widely admired?
Short-term missions have become one of the key ways that wealthy countries help the poor, but critics say these missions, especially medical ones, also can do harm.
South Carolina electricity customers could save as much as $1 billion a year thanks to the Obama Administration’s Clean Air Plan and steps here to shift from coal toward nuclear power.
But that savings could go up in smoke if South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and Gov. Nikki Haley have their way.
Law enforcement agencies have for decades used what’s known as field interview or contact cards to document everything from sketchy activity to random encounters with people on the street. But the digital age has greatly expanded the power and reach of this tool, allowing police to store ind…
More than 100,000 children are adopted in the United States each year and an untold number of prospective parents are duped by con artists offering up make-believe babies during the adoption process.